September 9, 2010

Spider Webs

This morning we noticed these two HUGE spider webs out our front window. They were attached to both power lines and the Dogwood tree. The dogwood is covered in berries right now and so pretty.

Mushroom Study - Spore Prints

We have continued our search for mushrooms. They are everywhere! How did we NOT see them before?

Our spore print experiment turned out great this time. Some mushrooms have white spore prints and some have brown or black, so we had to try it out on both white and black paper.
 Check out the kids' faces in this next picture! So cute!

September 7, 2010

Mushroom Study Continues

The mushrooms in the backyard have changed since last week and we are fascinated! No longer are they pretty little cones - now the cap has become broadly convex. Our spore prints from last week did not work, and now we realize that it is probably because our mushrooms were not mature enough. We are trying again. Identifying mushrooms is hard!

We love the following picture, showing the mushroom pushing it's way up through the pine needles with pine cones all around it.

We measured our mushroom and found the cap is 9 1/2 cm wide, the stem is 9 cm long, and 1 cm wide.